J Krishnamurti Public Talk In Conversation with Mary Zimbalist 2 of 2 Subject Fear
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2011
Duration: 0 hours 29 minutes
J. Krishnamurti's second of three conversations with Mary Zimbalist At Brockwood Park, which begins with the subject of fear, the actuality of fear and the idea of fear. From the start, J. Krishnamurti points out that fear is a rather complicated subject that requires a great deal of enquiry because it is so subtle, so varied and so abstract. He says that we must look at the fact, not the idea, of fear. Then he adds that to remain with that fact calls for a lot of inward discipline. Asked by Mary Zimbalist to describe what remaining with the fact of fear actually is, he replies that it is like holding a jewel, an intricate pattern by an artist, who has brought this extraordinary jewel. "You look at it, you don't condemn it, you don't say, "How beautiful" and run away with words, but you are looking at this extraordinary thing put together by hand, by cunning fingers and the brain that has brought this. You are watching it, you are looking at it. Turn it round, look at the various sides, the back and the front and the side, and you never let it go." He goes on to pose the question why we humans, after all our millions of years of evolution, still live with fear. Is it, he asks, something that can be, like a surgeon, operated upon and removed, like a disease, like cancer, or any other dreadful, painful disease? Is it something that can be operated upon?
Again these questions and many more, each deeper and more challenging that the last, are just the beginning of an explorative journey into the very nature of what it is to be a human being.
ABOUT J. KRISHNAMURTI
Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895-February 17, 1986) was a world renowned writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects. His subject matter included: the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society.
Krishnamurti was born into a Telugu Brahmin family in what was then colonial India. In early adolescence, he had a chance encounter with prominent occultist and highranking theosophist C.W. Leadbeater in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras (now Chennai). He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a vehicle for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the worldwide organization (the Order of the Star) established to support it. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world as an individual speaker, speaking to large and small groups, as well as with interested individuals. He authored a number of books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, and Krishnamurti's Notebook. :" In addition, a large collection of his talks and discussions have been published. At age 90, he addressed the United Nations on the subject of peace and awareness, and was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at home in Ojai, California.
His supporters, working through several nonprofit foundations, oversee a number of independent schools centered on his views on education - in India, England and the United States - and continue to transcribe and distribute many of his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and other writings, publishing them in a variety of formats including print, audio, video and digital formats as well as online, in many languages.